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ICE detainees could be housed in reopened prison in Estancia

May 12, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Torrance County commissioners are expected to formalize a plan this week that may reopen an Estancia prison in order to house Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency detainees.

Albuquerque TV station KOB reports that the partnership with ICE is expected to bring back hundreds of jobs.

KOB says the county commissioners could formalize the plan on Wednesday.

The facility is owned by CoreCivic, which recently had posted job listings on their website.

That fueled rumors about the future of the prison that closed in 2017.

CoreCivic officials say they’ve started the hiring and training process to make sure they’re positioned to meet any emerging needs.

Torrance County Manager Wayne Johnson says he would welcome the jail reopening.

But it’s still unclear what type of detainees would be housed at the prison.

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Information from: KOB-TV, http://www.kob.com

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